IN the build-up to the election that never was, the Government agreed to fund London's Crossrail scheme. Meanwhile, the price of petrol and diesel, inflated by recent tax increases, is now hovering around the £1 a litre mark.
It is unsurprising, therefore, that many drivers are very angry that the large sums they spend on fuel appear to be totally detached from the transport services provided for them.
This year, Yorkshire's motorists will pay the Treasury about £3bn in fuel duty and road tax. Yet the amount spent on the county's roads will be only £500m. And, as revealed by the Yorkshire Post's Road to Ruin campaign, only a small fraction of New Labour's public transport subsidies will find their way to the county.
Investment is heavily concentrated in London and the South-East, on large schemes such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, which has cost an enormous £5bn enough to build two M62s. The 2012 Olympics, set to burden taxpayers with at least another £10bn, will drain further funds into the capital. The cost of the Crossrail scheme has been estimated at £16bn enough to build 1,000 miles of motorway and elimin